All enterprises or organisations face the same three problems:
Where are we?
Where do we want to be (and when)?
How are we going to get there (as cost effectively as possible)?
The start up enterprise, in contrast to the established business needs to resolve structural relationships with stakeholders that enable it to develop and then prosper (the development of the business platform), as well as ensuring that the business idea fills a viable niche (concept).
This on-line questionnaire is obviously simplistic as it fails to weight the importance of the various components in the analysis of the business. Ibis has continued to refine its much more detailed analysis of the components of the start up business plan, and this is available when Ibis has access to a detailed enterprise plan.
More details of various components can be found on other pages including:
Key performance indicators;
Standard operating procedures;
Business start up plan outline;
Filling in the questionnaire is straightforward. Click the relevant circle next to the entry and the score will appear at the bottom of the questionnaire. Continue until you have finished and read off your cumulative score. If the enterprise has not included the element in its operation leave the line blank.
The reference point if there is no quantified measure is always the benchmark. Compared with the benchmark how well or how poorly is the enterprise likely to perform?
Your score: 570+. Come on, don't fool yourself. Answer the questions a bit more truthfully. If you have answered them truthfully, retire immediately. It won't last.
460-570. Good, verging to excellent. Moving the enterprise to the next level always requires attention to detail – more detail, more progress.
300-458. Such a score is often typical of a company that has developed without reviewing its operational infrastructure – essential for future growth.
< 300. Such a low score indicates that most operational areas within the business need major attention. Starting with a detailed business plan should be the top priority.
570+. Come on, don't fool yourself. Answer the questions a bit more truthfully. If you have answered them truthfully, retire immediately. It won't last.
More information on the way in which Ibis can contribute to your business plan development is provided at Advantage Ibis
More information on the Ibis approach is also available on the FAQ page.